7 Celebrated Historical Figures Who Were Closet Scumbags


There’s no doubt that Gandhi’s peaceful protests shaped the world we live in today. But, by his own admission, he didn’t entirely practice what he preached. In his autobiography, Papa Mahatma admits to beating his wife while in South Africa. He also wrote Hitler a letter, naming the Fuhrer his friend, and looking to Adolph as a possible ally to the Indian cause. The most baffling, however, were his racist attitudes towards South Africans, which he shared openly. He was all about equality and peace and respect for his fellow man, unless of course, for his wife and Africans.

Patrick “Hat-Trick” Henry (his unofficial rapper name), is most widely known for telling the British to fuck off in the coolest way imaginable: “Give me liberty or give me death.” He also dealt with his wife’s post-partum depression in the worst way imaginable: by locking her up in the basement of their family home and ignoring her, which makes his famous quote very ironic now. I guess fighting colonial imperialists was a lot easier than trying to find a way to treat his wife’s mental illness.

Mother Teresa is a literal saint and is still renowned for her selfless pursuit of performing charitable work. However, she refused to ever have audits performed on the donations she received, and many of the locations she claimed to raise money for, never saw a dime. She also was a religious fanatic, opening 500 or so convents in her name and was heaven-bent on converting the people she was helping. There’s a whole documentary about her, too, called “Hell’s Angel.” Subtle.

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